The beet leafhopper is a species of leafhopper with a longer, thinner build than most. It is found across much of the United States and Mexico, in South Africa and from the countries around the Mediterranean Sea to Central Asia .
The beet leafhopper is the carrier of the dreaded curly top
virus. A single feeding from a beet leafhopper can infect a nightshade
plant like tobacco
, chili pepper
, or eggplant
, infecting it and rendering it useless for agriculture.
Aside from some pesticides
, the beet leafhopper can be managed by companion planting
, it is repelled by marigolds
, while both petunias
act as trap crops, drawing them away.